Join the Rally at the Supreme Court Against Gene Patents on April 15

by jeeg 12. April 2013 20:54
On April 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear our landmark legal challenge to Myriad Genetics’ patents on the “breast cancer genes,” BRCA 1 and 2. Corporate ownership of our genes harms women’s health and blocks progress on breast cancer. This is an historic case t... [More]

Gene patents in the dock

by jeeg 11. April 2013 18:29
When Daniel Weaver pitches Genformatic to potential investors, he feels obliged to note a future legal uncertainty. The two-year-old company, based in Austin, Texas, offers whole-genome sequencing and analysis to researchers and physicians, with plans to apply the technology to medical diagnostics... [More]

The Supreme Court should invalidate the patent on human DNA

by jeeg 8. April 2013 22:17
Asked in 1955 whether his polio vaccine was patented, Jonas Salk replied, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” With that, Salk debunked the misguided notion of patenting objects found in nature. His polio vaccine was not a new invention but an inactive form of the natural ... [More]

The Dark Side of DNA Evidence

by jeeg 5. April 2013 22:09
On February 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Maryland v. King, which presents the question of whether the Fourth Amendment permits the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested for, but not convicted of, a crime. Currently, twenty-eight states and federal law enforcement co... [More]

What Do Genes Have to Do With Law? The Supreme Court Doesn't Know

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:45
Sixty years ago, scientists first discovered DNA, the structure in which a person’s genes are encoded. Since then, our knowledge of the genome has revolutionized medicine. But when it comes to the U.S. legal system, important questions about what a gene is remain unsolved. Here's one questi... [More]

Australian BRCA1 gene patent ruling to be appealed

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:42
A decision that private companies can control human genes will be appealed in the Federal Court.   Cancer groups have applauded the move, and say a win is vital to protect patient access to new tests and treatments. Law firm Maurice Blackburn has lodged documents to appeal a decision l... [More]

Justices mixed on DNA database

by jeeg 28. February 2013 01:28
The Supreme Court justices sounded closely split Tuesday on what one of them called the most important criminal procedure case in decades, a challenge to whether police may routinely take DNA samples from suspects and put the results in a national database.   "Why isn't this the fingerp... [More]

DNA Collection v. DNA Privacy

by jeeg 28. February 2013 00:55
More than a quarter-century since Florida became the first state to use Now it’s the U.S. Supreme Court’s turn to hear, and hopefully settle, the issue. On Tuesday, February 26, lawyers for the state of Maryland and a convicted rapist presented oral arguments on whether authorities ... [More]

Supreme Court Appears to Defend Patent on Soybean

by jeeg 22. February 2013 22:15
  A freewheeling and almost entirely one-sided argument at the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that the justices would not allow Monsanto’s patents for genetically altered soybeans to be threatened by an Indiana farmer who used them without paying the company a fee. The question... [More]

Supreme Court to Hear Major DNA Case

by jeeg 7. February 2013 22:15
The Supreme Court will revisit the crossroad of privacy and evolving science later this month when it considers whether officials can take the DNA -- without a warrant -- of someone who has been arrested but not convicted of a crime.   While all states require DNA from individuals convi... [More]
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